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Bachelor of Arts, University of Iowa 1989 Major: Film & Radio Production Minors: Music Performance / Composition, Multimedia Art
1994 - St Paul Reader - Best Rock Band (Voter's Poll) - Zen Bishops
1995 - MN Music Awards - Best Americana Band (nominee) - Strawdogs
1997 - MN Music Awards - Best Jazz Band (nominee) - Hothead Fiasco
1999 - SXSW Music Festival - Showcase - Hothead Fiasco
2000 - A Prairie Home Companion's 25th Anniversary Celebration - featured performer - Hothead Fiasco
I am passionate about teaching. Music education is but a second thought of most of our children's primary educational settings, so I wanted to create a learning environment that focuses on performance and execution. I am a composer and arranger, so I also like to infuse some basic music theory and compositional/improvisational techniques into my lessons. In short, I am trying to foster new artists!
I have been singing since I was 6, playing trumpet since I was 10, and I picked up guitar in my early 20's. I am now 49 and have taught voice, guitar, & trumpet for over 7 years from my cozy home. I have been part of many musical ensembles (in many genres) in my 30 year career and have session work that's currently located in the Seattle Rock & Roll museum. I have performed in varying capacities over 2,000 times in my career, and my emphasis is to help musicians prepare for live performances.
Guitar (all levels): Chord Instruction, Lead Work, Hammer On's, Scales, Sightreading Music, Songwriting/Arranging Trumpet (all levels): Articulation Studies, Breath Control, Increasing Range, Embouchure Voice (all levels): Solfege, Sightsinging, Range & Articulation Instruction, Breath Control
I am not a teacher of "cookie cutter" lessons. I like to consult with parents and students before preparing an individually-tailored lesson plan for each of my students. It's my goal to engage students through music they already love, and (at the same time) introduce them to new music ideas and musical concepts/challenges. Building early repoire between teacher and student is crucial to building a working knowledge for performing music later on.
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